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  • Parents face thousands in fines over missed school days

    The parents of an Anderson County public school student are facing fines in excess of $7,000 because their child missed too much school in the past year.
    Darren Hockensmith, 41, and Charlotte Hockensmith, 42, of 1141 Versailles Road, Lot 14, Lawrenceburg are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Anderson District Court on a summons that claims their child had 29 unexcused absents or tardies during the recent school year, according to documents on file in the Anderson Circuit Court clerk’s office.

  • ‘Operable’ grenade found near school

    The last thing middle school football coach Brian Holloman expected to see Monday when he pulled into the Phoenix Academy parking lot was a grenade.
    But when he got out of his truck, that’s exactly what he saw and it didn’t take long for him to call for help.
    “That’s the closest I’ve ever been to a grenade,” said Holloman. “I really wasn’t scared. In my mind I was thinking is this real or a toy.
    “Once I realized what it was, my next step was to call someone.”

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  • UPDATE: Man who fell from tree pronounced dead

    A man died Monday morning in Lawrenceburg after falling 30 feet from a tree, according to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.

    The man is identified as Ramiro Rosario Gomez, 36, who Coroner Will Harrod said was a resident of Danville.

    Gomez was apparently employed by Indiana-based Townsend Tree Service, which has been trimming trees across Lawrenceburg for the past several weeks for Kentucky Utilities.

  • UPDATE: Grenade in school parking lot was real

    UPDATED 5:30 P.M. — Police have determined that the grenade found Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the Phoenix Academy school building on Industry Drive was real.

    Police said the grenade, which was found by a teacher around 12:30 p.m., had been modified. It appeares that someone threw the grenade toward the school building from the side of Champions Cheerleading facility next door.

    State Police Detective Ben Wolcott said late Monday afternoon that the grenade was indeed real, but lacked the mechanism to make it explode.

  • School board opts to keep health department nurses

    The Anderson County Board of Health gambled that the school district would continue funding its school nurses when it hesitatingly approved its budget last month.
    The decision paid off last Thursday night when the Anderson County Board of Education voted unanimously to continue funding the school nurse program, despite a slight drop in the number of nurses the health department will provide.
    The school board approved $121,360 for what amounts to 4.5 school nurses in the coming school year, the same amount it paid last year for five nurse positions.

  • Anderson County Grand Jury indicts three on charges

    The following were indicted June 4 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to information released Monday by the Anderson Circuit Clerk’s office.
    Deanna R. Morgan, 26, of 102 Whiteway, Lawrenceburg was indicated for two counts of unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor.
    The charge stems from an incident on April 12.
    James T. Purvis, 45, of 812 Augusta St., Frankfort was indicted on wanton or reckless exploitation of an adult, over $300.
    The indictment stems from an incident in August, 2012.

  • Teen, grandfather sentenced for Hammond Rd. wreck

    The teenager and her grandfather charged in March after the car she was driving veered off Hammond Road and destroyed a large amount of telephone equipment have each been sentenced to six months in jail, according to their attorney, Bill Patrick.
    Their sentences were discharged for two years provided they pay fines and stay out of trouble.
    Johnna M. Lohman, 18, of 1070 Buckley Lane apparently struck a patch of ice in March, sending her car off the road and into the telephone equipment. She then fled the scene.

  • Anderson grad empowering homeless through art

    Editor’s note: This story was published in the June issue of Nashville Arts Magazine. It appears here with permission.

    By Joe Nolan
    Nashville Arts Magazine
    Nicole Brandt is a junior at Nashville’s Belmont University and the founder of Poverty & the Arts. She came up with the idea for her program one day two years ago when she was working at her campus job.
    As a campus coordinator at Belmont’s Center of Service Learning, Brandt was responsible for planning three service projects each semester.

  • Two hurt when car hits motorcycle

    Slick road conditions are being blamed for a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon that hospitalized a motorcyclist and his passenger.
    A vehicle driven by Lavon Gothay of Louisville was southbound on Highway 151 just north of Eagle Lake when it crossed into the path of a motorcycle driven by Joseph Anderson, according to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.